Jeremy Denk, Featured in April’s Vanity Fair, Gives Main-Stage Carnegie Hall Recital on March 22

Jeremy Denk, who returns to Carnegie Hall’s main stage on Friday, March 22, is the subject of a photo feature in the April issue of Vanity Fair. Foregrounding the exploratory nature of Denk’s vision, the article describes him as “a frontiersman” who has a way with “music that catalogues the known world before striking out into the wilderness.” The pianist’s upcoming Carnegie appearance represents one of the high points of a 13-city solo recital tour that has already inspired rapturous reviews. “Denk gave a revelatory performance,” proclaimed the Boston Globe, praising the “masterful maze” of his program, which connected composers who, in their time, “both embodied their present and anticipated the future.”

Denk made his solo debut on the main stage of Carnegie Hall in March 2011, substituting for Maurizio Pollini. In his New York Times review of the recital (which featured an epic pairing of Ives’s “Concord Sonata” and Bach’s Goldberg Variations), Anthony Tommasini observed, “Mr. Denk embraced the moment, played splendidly and won a standing ovation.” For his return to the venue, as elsewhere on the current tour, Denk will present works by Bartók, Liszt, Bach, and Beethoven. In Boston, his Bartók impressed the Globe as “opulent, its rhythms crisp and jazzy”; his Liszt offered “moments of reverence and rapture” (Boston Classical Review); his Bach proved “plaintive and beautiful” (Globe) and his Beethoven “masterful” (Globe). All told, “he was in top form, offering reflective and tenderly hewn readings” that revealed him to be “a musician’s pianist in the fullest sense of the phrase” (Boston Classical Review). The final piece on the program – Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 – can also be heard on Denk’s first release for the Nonesuch label, which was named one of the best discs of 2012 by the New Yorker, NPR, and the Washington Post.

More information on Denk’s upcoming engagements can be found below, and further details are available on his web site,



Jeremy Denk: recital program 2013

Bartók: Piano Sonata, Sz. 80
Liszt: Prelude after “Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen” by J.S. Bach, S. 179
Liszt:Sonetto 123 del Petrarca” from Années de pèlerinage, Deuxième année, S. 161
Liszt: Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata
Liszt: “Isoldens Liebestod”from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, S. 447
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, BWV 869
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

Jeremy Denk: upcoming engagements

March 16
Morrow, GA
Spivey Hall at Clayton State University

March 19
Rochester, NY
Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music

March 20
Harrisburg, PA
Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
Market Square Concerts

March 22
New York, NY
Carnegie Hall (Isaac Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)

March 23
Richmond, VA
Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall at VCU’s W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts

March 24
Blacksburg, VA
Lyric Theatre

March 28
Savannah, GA
Lucas Theater
Savannah Music Festival

April 6 & 7
Las Cruces, NM
NMSU Atkinson Music Recital Hall
Beethoven: Concerto for violin, cello, and piano in C, Op. 56 (“Triple” Concerto)
With Stefan Jackiw (violin) and Edward Arron (cello)

April 11
Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Mills Hall

April 14
Aliso Viejo, CA
Soka Performing Arts Center

May 30 – June 1
Washington, DC
Kennedy Center, Concert Hall
National Symphony Orchestra / John Adams
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

May 4
New York, NY
Carnegie Hall (Isaac Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage)
With Renée Fleming and the Emerson String Quartet

June 4
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Slovenian Philharmonic / Keri-Lynn Wilson
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

June 15–18
Southfield, MI
Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

June 28 & 29
Purchase, NY
Performing Arts Center – Purchase College, SUNY
Westchester Philharmonic / Tito Munoz
Schumann: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54